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Dick Barton at Bay

UK 1950
produced by
Henry Halstead for Marylebone-Hammer
directed by Godfrey Grayson
starring Don Stannard, George Ford, Meinhart Maur, Tamara Desni, Joyce Linden, Percy Walsh, Campbell Singer, Richard George, John Arnatt, Patrick Macnee
screenplay by Ambrose Grayson, based on the BBC-radio-serial, music by Frank Spencer, Rupert Grayson

Dick Barton

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After special agent Phillips (Patrick Macnee), who is supposed to guard professor Mitchell (Percy Walsh), inventor of a death ray that can shoot airplanes out of the sky, Dick Barton (Don Stannard) & sidekick Snowey White (George Ford) enter the scene, but unfortunately too late to save teh professor plus daughter Mary (Joyce Walsh) from being kidnapped. However, Barton & Snowey soon find a trail that leads them to evil foreign agent Volkoff (Meinhart Maur) & his equally evil female companion (Tamara Desni), who for some reason are in desperate need of a death ray. But where might they be staying, & where might they be keeping the death ray, what are the planning to do with it, & what did Phillips' last words before dying ("2 long, one short") mean. All that soon becomes apparent: "2 long, one short" means the signal a nearby lighthouse is sending out, which is the villains' lair, & where they keep both the death ray, as well as the professor & daughter prisoner, and the villains planned to shoot the Anglo-American defense misssion - leaving by airplane - out of the skies. Still, Barton & Snowey are eventually imprisoned by Volkoff & gang, but they have long since organized for the coast guard to storm the lighthouse. All is well, as the planes of the defense mission fly over their heads undisturbed !


The second of Hammer's films about BBC-radio's Dick Barton was actually the third to be shown in cinemas (Dick Barton Strikes back was filmed half a year afterwards but beat Dick Barton at Bay to the theatres by over a year for some reason). In style, it differs largely from Dick Barton, Special Agent (as did Dick Barton Strikes back), exchanging its rural, sunny settings for more urban surroundings mainly filmed by night, with much of the tiring comedy gone, rather providing the audience with a crisp, reasonably paced espionage thriller. It might not be the best movie ever made, but it's an enjoyable programmer nevertheless.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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